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GREASE: LIVE Took the Live TV Musical to School with Three Important LessonsGREASE: LIVE Took the Live TV Musical to School with Three Important Lessons
by Matt Tamanini - Feb 14, 2016

Now that we are a full two weeks removed from Fox's first foray into the world of live, televised musicals, I think it is time to look back at the lessons learned from GREASE: LIVE. Though I hailed it as a rousing success in my review, on Broadway Radio's 'This Week on Broadway,' and on BWW's 'Some Like it Pop' podcast, there are a fair number of critics and viewers that had perfectly reasonable hesitations. Whether it was occasional sound issues, too strict a reliance on the film for inspiration, the wonky new song, or uneven performances, I am fine with acknowledging those shortcomings; but to me, there are three things that made GREASE: LIVE the most entertaining and artistically satisfying live musical of this recently reinvigorated phenomenon. (more...)

San Francisco Playhouse to Stage West Coast Premiere of COLOSSALSan Francisco Playhouse to Stage West Coast Premiere of COLOSSAL
by BWW News Desk - Feb 10, 2016

San Francisco Playhouse†continues its thirteenth Mainstage season with West Coast premiere of Andrew Hinderaker's Colossal, directed by Jon Tracy. (more...)

WICKED Will Become Broadway's 10th Longest-Running Show This Weekend!WICKED Will Become Broadway's 10th Longest-Running Show This Weekend!
by BWW News Desk - Feb 10, 2016

The international blockbuster WICKED will play its 5,124th Broadway performance on Sunday, February 14th at 2pm, surpassing Rent to become the 10th longest-running production in Broadway history.† (more...)

WAKE UP with BWW 2/8/2016 - HUGHIE, SAPPY SONGS, WOODSMAN and More!WAKE UP with BWW 2/8/2016 - HUGHIE, SAPPY SONGS, WOODSMAN and More!
by Jessica Khan - Feb 8, 2016

Good morning, BroadwayWorld! Because we know all our readers eat, sleep and breathe Broadway, what could be better than waking up to it? Today's big news: HUGHIE begins, THE WOODSMAN opens, and Alan Cumming makes his Carnegie Hall solo debut! (more...)

Channing Tatum & Joseph Gordon-Levitt to Star in Musical Comedy from WICKED's Marc PlattChanning Tatum & Joseph Gordon-Levitt to Star in Musical Comedy from WICKED's Marc Platt
by Movies News Desk - Feb 5, 2016

WICKED producer Marc Platt is among those behind an upcoming, currently untitled original musical comedy which has just been picked up by Universal. Musically-talented actors Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Channing Tatum are attached to star. (more...)

Paramount TV's GREASE: LIVE Tops 17 Million Viewers WorldwideParamount TV's GREASE: LIVE Tops 17 Million Viewers Worldwide
by TV News Desk - Feb 5, 2016

Paramount Television's highly-acclaimed, breakthrough hit GREASE: LIVE delivered more than 17 million total viewers worldwide since it originally aired this past Sunday, Jan. 31. (more...)

GREASE LIVE! Now Available on Digital HD; Coming to DVD 3/8!GREASE LIVE! Now Available on Digital HD; Coming to DVD 3/8!
by TV News Desk - Feb 3, 2016

Grease is the word! The landmark, live television production of the beloved musical Grease makes its home entertainment debut with GREASE LIVE! now available on Digital HD and coming to DVD March 8, 2016 from Paramount Home Media Distribution. (more...)

West End's WICKED to Welcome Mark Curry as Newest Wizard in MarchWest End's WICKED to Welcome Mark Curry as Newest Wizard in March
by BWW News Desk - Feb 3, 2016

WICKED, the West End musical phenomenon that tells the incredible untold story of the Witches of Oz, is pleased to announce that the actor and presenter Mark Curry will play The Wizard from 25 March 2016. Tom McGowan will play his final performance as The Wizard on 12 March 2016. From 14-24 March 2016, the role will be played by Sean Kearns. (more...)

Hottest Articles on BWW 1/26/2016 - 2/2/2016Hottest Articles on BWW 1/26/2016 - 2/2/2016
by - Feb 2, 2016

Hottest Articles on BroadwayWorld.com 1/26/2016 - 2/2/2016. (more...)

Like Lightning! GREASE: LIVE Brings Record Audience to CTVLike Lightning! GREASE: LIVE Brings Record Audience to CTV
by TV News Desk - Feb 1, 2016

Like greased lightning!†CTV's very big January concluded last night with 1.7 million viewers for GREASE: LIVE preliminary overnight data from Numeris reveals, making it the #1 entertainment program Sunday with total viewers and all key demos. The special peaked with 2.37 million viewers, tuning in to Sandy and Danny's dance solo during 'Born To Hand Jive'. (more...)

GREASE: LIVE Executive Producer Marc Platt Reveals the Biggest Challenges of the BroadcastGREASE: LIVE Executive Producer Marc Platt Reveals the Biggest Challenges of the Broadcast
by BWW News Desk - Feb 1, 2016

FOX's GREASE:LIVE was an undeniable hit last night, earning rave reviews, 12.2 million viewers and a 4.3 rating in the all-important A18-49 demographic. Executive producer Marc Platt has a lot to be happy about today, and he spoke with the Hollywood Reporter about his big night. (more...)

GREASE: LIVE Official Soundtrack Album Debuts at #5 on iTunes!GREASE: LIVE Official Soundtrack Album Debuts at #5 on iTunes!
by TV News Desk - Feb 1, 2016

Adding to the news that last night's broadcast of GREASE: LIVE was a ratings bonanza, Showbiz 411 reports that the soundtrack to FOX's live musical has debuted at number 5 on iTunes (more...)

BWW Review: GREASE: LIVE Reinvents What a Live TV Musical Can/Should Be!BWW Review: GREASE: LIVE Reinvents What a Live TV Musical Can/Should Be!
by Matt Tamanini - Jan 31, 2016

Leave it to the network that reinvented television with AMERICAN IDOL and created SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE, one of the most artistically significant shows in recent memory, to figure out the proper balance in merging musical theatre and live television. FOX's GREASE: LIVE learned from three years of live, middling musicals on NBC (the satisfying WIZ LIVE! notwithstanding) and produced the best, most thrilling live TV musical in half a century. (more...)

Top Stories You Missed on BWW This Weekend - 1/30-1/31/2016Top Stories You Missed on BWW This Weekend - 1/30-1/31/2016
by - Jan 31, 2016

Hottest Articles on BroadwayWorld.com from this weekend Sunday, January 31, 2016 - Sunday, January 31, 2016. (more...)

A Video Refresher of the GREASE: LIVE Cast's Theatrical RootsA Video Refresher of the GREASE: LIVE Cast's Theatrical Roots
by Matt Tamanini - Jan 31, 2016

Like all theatre fans, we here at BroadwayWorld are excited to the max for Fox's broadcast of GREASE: LIVE tonight. Following in the footsteps of NBC's THE SOUND OF MUSIC LIVE!, PETER PAN LIVE!, and THE WIZ LIVE!, Marc Platt and Thomas Kail have filled their cast with stars of both stage and screen. While not every T-Bird, Pink Lady, and denizen of Rydell High has Broadway credits on their resume, nearly all of them have some sort of theatrical related experience under their belts. (more...)

A Wap Bam Boom! Watch GREASE: LIVE Tonight with BroadwayWorldA Wap Bam Boom! Watch GREASE: LIVE Tonight with BroadwayWorld
by BWW News Desk - Jan 31, 2016

GREASE is the word, because later tonight (8pm EST) FOX will transport us back to Rydell High with its highly anticipated GREASE: LIVE. There's just hours left to break out your poodle skirt and leather jacket for the broadcast, and we want you to be prepared for all things GREASE before Jessie J sings her opening notes. (more...)

West End's WICKED Extends Booking, Thru April 29West End's WICKED Extends Booking, Thru April 29
by BWW News Desk - Jan 29, 2016

WICKED, the West End musical phenomenon that tells the incredible untold story of the Witches of Oz, is delighted to announce the opening of its 21st new booking period, on†Monday 1 February 2016 at 10am, with over†500,000 new tickets†going on sale for performances until†Saturday 29 April 2017. (more...)

WICKED to Play Autism-Friendly Performance in MayWICKED to Play Autism-Friendly Performance in May
by BWW News Desk - Jan 26, 2016

WICKED, the classic West End musical that tells the incredible untold story of the Witches of Oz,†has announced its first ever Autism-Friendly performance on Saturday 14 May 2016 at 1:30pm. (more...)

SWEAT at Arena Stage - World Premiere Co-Production with Oregon Shakespeare Festival is Riveting TheaterSWEAT at Arena Stage - World Premiere Co-Production with Oregon Shakespeare Festival is Riveting Theater
by Charles Shubow - Jan 25, 2016

Playwright Lynn Nottage notches another feather in her cap of outstanding work. (more...)

GREASE: LIVE Soundtrack Release to Coincide with Live Event; Pre-Order Now!GREASE: LIVE Soundtrack Release to Coincide with Live Event; Pre-Order Now!
by TV News Desk - Jan 25, 2016

Republic Records, Fox Broadcasting Company (FOX) and Paramount Television have announced†exciting news about the†release of the GREASE: LIVE Official Soundtrack Album. (more...)

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